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Old Jul 31, 2004, 9:27 AM   #1
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Is it necessary (good to have) for landscape pictures to have a wide zoom (<35mm), or is the wide zoom almost only needed for indoor shooting?
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Old Jul 31, 2004, 12:26 PM   #2
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It really depends on how wide of a shot you want. Of course the wider the lens will go, the more you will fit in the picture.
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Old Aug 1, 2004, 8:57 AM   #3
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Don't forget the option of stitching landscape photos together yielding panoramas that look like very wide angle pictures.
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Old Aug 1, 2004, 10:40 AM   #4
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Stitching a pano together is another option as previously stated.

But just so you know, it can sometimes be difficult to get a good looking pano with no seams when using Auto mode on your camera. Using Auto mode, the camera will sometimes change settings when you change your point of view to take the next picture in the pano. These look fine until you go to stitch them together and find out part of the sky in the picture is a different color or brighter, etc then the rest of the picture.

My rule of thumb, for ease of stitching, I try to overlay the pano pics by about 40-50%. Makes it easier for stitching and less of an overall change in quaility between pics.

Here is an example of a pano I recently did.


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Yeah, I agree too. If you do lots of indoor , you better have <35mm focal, otherwise, you will angry very often not able to frame what you want. One of the criteria i had when i bought my camera was 28mm wide end. But it's personnal need. Also, if you plan to do pano, you should buy a camera with a manual exposition mode, it makes things lot easier after that.
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